The Pennine Panorama, Sat Nov 10th 2012
With all the recent train crew issues on DBS it was good to eventually see this tour was running as advertised. The tour was switched at the last minute to the DF platform on arrival at Watford and on departure we were undertaken on the DS by a “vomit”!. A steady run North with atmospheric brief “roaring” from the blowers during the Keynes, Northampton and Nuneaton pick ups . A good storm down the Trent to Crewe where in good weather 60011 was attached
The tug took us North with a deviation via Earlstown to Wigan, Farington Jn and a slog over Copy Pit. In the summit tunnel an impressive thrash was audible to all. Through the wastelands of Healy Mills, then a brief stop at Sheffield before a Hope valley run to Man Vic, Earlstown and back to Crewe. Here 92003 was attached and was ETHing the stock during a solid run South with a rocket acceleration on leaving M.Keynes, superb.
This tour unlike many of late actually had a bit of atmosphere, there was banter flying, there were crowds showing interest in the locos once more , a good day out……